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Jim Crow, Eateries, and The Negro Motorist Green Book

Greyhound rest stop passengers on the way from Louisville, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee 1943  
Eating as out as a non-white traveler before the end of Jim Crow and de-facto Jim Crow required savvy, endurance, and thick skin. Purchasing food at “coloured” windows of segregated restaurants could be a degrading and even dangerous experience, says Virginia native Eugene Watts; you never knew when some volatile white southerner behind the counter was going to “go off.” As a result Black folks had their own zagat rated list of restaurants called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

The Negro Motorist Green Book: [Listen Now 16 min 52 sec] http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129885990

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